COMMON COLD/INFLUENZA¬† REMEDIES
ACONITE - ALLIUM CEPA - ARSENICUM ALBUM - BARYTA CARBONICA - BELLADONNA - BRYONIA - DULCAMARA - EUPHRASIA - EUPATORIUM - FERRUM PHOSPHORICUM - GELSEMIUM - KALI BICHROMICUM - MERCURIUS - NATRUM MURATICUM - PHOSPHORUS - PULSATILLA - RHUS TOX
THE ACONITE NAPELLUS (ACON) COLD
The main indication for this remedy, ACONITE, is that the person is feeling anxious and fearful.
Step 1.¬† Visible signs:¬† This remedy can be used in the early stages of a cold, if the symptoms are intense and come on suddenly. The cold may be caused by exposure to cold and wind, or a stressful or traumatic experience that may have happened prior to the start of the illness. Symptoms include a dry stuffy nose with a hot thin discharge, tension in the chest, a scratchy throat, and choking cough. The person often feels thirsty, chilly, anxious, and agitated.
Step 2. The temperament: This person has fear and anxiety of mind, with great nervous excitability.¬† They are afraid to go out, or to be in a crowd, and often think they are so ill that they will die!
Step 3. ¬† ¬† Extra Symptoms: To the person needing Aconite music is unbearable and makes them sad. They are restless, easily startled and anxious.¬† Everything needs to be done in great haste and they need to change position often.¬† Symptoms are much better during the day than at night.
Summary: For any illness needing Aconite, the following symptoms apply.¬† There is great fear and anxiety. The cold or illness has come on quickly, often after a traumatic event.¬† If children are over reacting to an illness‚Ä¶seeming to be over the top and hysterical, this is often the remedy that can be used to calm them down.
THE ALLIUM CEPA COLD
Step 1.¬† Visible signs: The eyes are watery and stinging, similar to the feeling one gets when one cuts up an onion. The cough is a hoarse, harsh, dry, ringing, constantly tickling and spasmodic, with much sneezing.¬† The rawness of the throat quickly extends into the chest. There is tearing in the larynx as if it was torn with a hook, which causes the patient to hold and grasp the larynx during a fit of coughing. Usually the trouble begins on the left side; the left eye and left nostril are affected first, and then it spreads over to the other side. The tickling in the larynx and the cough is caused from inhaling cold air, and the tearing pain in the larynx is worse in the warm room and worse in the evening.¬† The nose is runny with a clear irritating discharge that burns the nostrils and upper lip. It usually runs when the person is indoors, and stops in open air.
Some homoeopaths swear by Allium Cepa for a cold.¬† In particular it should do well after exposure to cold, damp winds.
Step 2. The temperament: The person often feels confused, with fullness in the head.
Step 3. Extra Symptoms: Some people hear noises in the ears. Experience a loss of appetite, feel hot and are thirsty. Often there are severe pains in the abdomen with wind colic and offensive intestinal gas.
THE ARSENICUM ALBUM COLD
Step 1.¬† Visible signs: This is a remedy that is helpful for a person who has frequent colds, sore throats, and chest problems‚ÄĒwith burning pain and feelings of weakness, restlessness, and anxiety.¬† Their head may feel hot, while the rest of the body is cold, and problems can be worse near midnight. The nose often feels stopped up and the patient may sneeze repeatedly without relief. White, thick, burning mucus may be produced.¬† Breathing is rather like an asthmatic. Bending forward assists in clearing the breath which is worse when lying down for fear of suffocation.. Often they may feel the need to get out of bed at night, especially after twelve o'clock.
Arsenicum Album is the usual remedy required to stop a chill in the early stages. When there is sneezing from every change in the weather, and the person is always chilly, suffering from draughts which are worse in cold damp weather. The cold begins in the nose and goes down to the throat which is burning and red.¬† The discharge from the nose is thin and watery and there is frontal headache. The patient is restless, anxious, somewhat distressed and thirsty for small sips of warm water. (The anxiousness is different from the fear shown in Aconite).
Step 2. The temperament: There is a feeling of helplessness. The person is anxious, irritable and sensitive. ¬† They are mentally restless,¬† but physically too weak to move and find that they¬† cannot rest in any place, wanting to be moved from one bed to another. They usually think it useless to take medicine
Step 3. ¬† Extra Symptoms: There may be discharge from one nostril, while the other is obstructed.¬† The cough produces soreness of the chest, aching in the back part of the head, tearing pain in the temples and top of head. Burning thirst, without special desire to drink. ¬† Cannot bear the smell or sight of food.
Step 1.¬† Visible signs: Every part of the body feels sick and bruised. Great pain in the head. They are very tired and want to lie down, but at the same time they are feel agitated and cannot relax.¬† They have muscular soreness and feel weak and tremulous. There is a besotted look in the eyes which are bleary. The head aches, the throat is sore and there are pains and soreness all over the body. Commonly this flu or cold is also accompanied by a stomach upset and includes digestive complaints.
Step 2. The temperament: Because they are feeling so ill they do not want to talk or think.¬† Their spirits are low and they experience a wild, wandering feeling.
Step 3. ¬† Extra Symptoms: Baptista Flu is similar to the symptoms of Gelsemium, however the person needing this remedy feels worse.¬† They can hardly keep their eyes open because of the pain. They may suffer from Vertigo, with a weak feeling of whole body, especially of lower limbs, with weak knees and the flu is often accompanied by stomach upsets.
THE BARYTA CARBONICA COLD
Step 1.¬† Visible signs:¬† Indicated for people who frequently catch colds from getting chilled. A runny nose and swollen upper lip, swollen lymph nodes or glands, tonsils, and adenoids are typical symptoms.
Step 2. The temperament: Memory deficient, forgetful, inattentive, cannot be taught, slow learner.
Step 3. ¬† ¬† Extra Symptoms: They often have offensive foot odour with sore toes and soles of feet.¬† Throat affections with swollen glands.¬† They are very sensitive to the cold.
THE BELLADONNA COLD
Step 1.¬† Visible signs: The Belladonna cold, or illness comes on suddenly, like the Aconite cold yet without the fear. There is fever, the head is hot and painful,¬† the face flushed,¬† the eyes wild and staring, with pupils dilated.¬† The pulse full, and there is restlessness. The symptoms may include a hot dry feeling in the nose with watery discharge, and a nagging tickle in the throat. The cough is hard or nagging cough, with a bright red sore throat, and a throbbing pain in the head or ears is often experienced.
Step 2. The temperament: By nature the patient is usually jovial and entertaining when well, but often violent and delirious when sick and can experience hallucinations due to the high temperatures.
Step 3. Extra Symptoms: Children can experience convulsions during teething or with fevers.¬† They may be sensitive to light and either drowsy or delirious with the fever.¬† Often the abdomen is tender.
THE BRYONIA COLD/INFLUENZA
Step 1.¬† Visible signs: The typical Bryonia influenza is slower to develop than the Belladonna or Aconite cold and usually develops over a period of six to twelve hours. They give the impression of being rather dull, heavy, slightly congested, with a rather puffy face. (NOTE: similar to the remedy Gelsemium). Although they feel very heavy in the head, they do not have the sleepy appearance that you find in Gelsemium, nor yet the besotted look of the Baptisia¬† patient - something between the two.
Step 2. The temperament: Definitely dull and do not want to be disturbed - but if they are disturbed they are very irritable. They do not want to speak, and do not want to be spoken to. They do not want to answer because speaking annoys them, not because they are too tired to do so.
Step 3. Extra Symptoms: As a rule, people with the Bryonia Cold/influenzas feel very depressed; they are despondent and are worried about their condition. In adults they worry about their impending illness and often express anxiety about their business which they often talk about and may even dream about.
Bryonia¬† patients are AGGRAVATED by motion.¬† When the patients are restless, find out if MOVING eases their symptoms.¬† If it DOES NOT, they are probably Bryonia cases. If it DOES then you will need to consider one of the other drugs - possibly Baptisia or one of the restless drugs, such as Rhus tox.
THE DULCAMARA COLD
Step 1.¬† Visible signs:¬† This remedy should come to mind when a person comes down with a cold after getting wet and chilled, or if a cold comes on when the weather changes and the person is sensitive to cold air or water.¬† The nose is blocked and there is often pain in the face with, shaking and a feeling of coldness.¬† They want to get close to the heater, or wrap themselves up, with shuddering from time to time. They experience a dry heat over the body even though they feel cold.
Step 2. The temperament: Often these people are by nature restless and irritable. When ill they feel better from moving about.
Step 3.¬† Extra Symptoms: People who need Dulcamara often also have allergies. They may also experience nausea and frequent or involuntary urine.¬† The tongue is dry.
THE EUPHRASIA COLD
Step 1.¬† Visible signs:¬† The eyes are red, watery and irritated. There is frequent sneezing, and a mild, clear nasal discharge. (the Allium Cepa cold has a burning sensation from the nasal discharge).¬† The person may cough from irritation and from phlegm collecting in the throat. The symptoms can be worse at night, and the person tends to feel better from eating and lying down.
Step 2. The temperament: Irritable, reflective and disinclined to speak.
Step 3.¬† Extra Symptoms: The head aches in morning on waking and pain is experienced in the nose when blowing it.¬† A cold sponge bath may help.
THE EUPATORIUM COLD/INFLUENZA
Step 1.¬† Visible signs: Very intense pains all over - of an aching character - which seem to involve all the bones of the skeleton, arms, legs, shoulders, back, hips and, particularly the shin bones. Pain may be felt in the eyeballs, with a heavy sensation in the head. As a rule, Eupatorium influenzas develop rather more quickly than others with intense aching pains all through the chest muscles, a pain which feel as though it is actually in the ribs.¬† They feel cold and shivery, are sensitive to any draught of air.¬† The nose is completely stopped up, and this is accompanied by most fluent discharge with violent and incessant sneezing. The lids of the eyes look red and inflamed.¬† The Eupatorium¬† cough is very violent, with scanty sputum, and it seems to hurt the patients from head to toe.¬† Coughing causes the head to feel as though it would burst and increases the chest pains so that the patient tries to restrain the cough or control the chest movement even while they are coughing.
Step 2. The temperament: They are acutely depressed and definitely complaining; they complain bitterly about the intensity of their pain.¬† They tend to moan and groan.
Step 3.¬† Extra Symptoms: They suffer from an intensely dry throat, which is just generally congested. With it they are very thirsty, with a desire for ice and cold drinks.
THE FERRUM PHOSPHORICUM COLD
Step 1.¬† Visible signs: If taken right away when symptoms first start this remedy often stops a cold from developing. It is also helpful during colds that are more advanced, when the person feels very weary, with a moderate fever, rosy cheeks, sneezing, and a short hard cough.
Step 2. The temperament. Hasty, intolerant feeling in afternoon. Impetuous feeling in evening, yet obstacles cause hindrance and annoyance and trifles seem like mountains
Step 3. ¬† Extra Symptoms: Indifferent to food.
THE GELSEMIUM COLD
Step 1.¬† Visible signs : This remedy is one of the best for the ordinary, typical cold/influenza case which usually develops over six to eight hours. The patient feels a little out of sorts the day before, possibly a little headachy, a little feverish, has a little indefinite pain with a slightly blocked nose.¬† He goes to bed, does not sleep awfully well, and next morning feels rotten. They are very tired, with aching all over the body.¬† A headache and droopy eyes often indicate this remedy. Fever and chills run up and down the spine, and heat or pressure may be felt in the face and nose. A person who needs Gelsemium often trembles and is shaky, or feels extremely dull. This remedy is often helpful for colds that come on in hot weather.
Step 2. The temperament. Dull, sleepy, heavy and do not want to be disturbed.
Step 3.¬† Extra Symptoms: They may have trouble sleeping because they feel nervous, have persistent thoughts, and exhaustion. ¬† Gelsemium influenzas always include a very unpleasant, severe headache.¬† The patient is most comfortable when keeping perfectly still, propped up with pillows, so that the head is raised without the patient making any effort.¬† They hardly ever have an appetite and prefer not to be disturbed.
Step 1.¬† Visible signs: This cold takes about 24 hours to develop. There is a wheezing in the chest and coughing.¬† The cold immediately goes from the nose into the chest. Often there can be vomiting, even water, with very little thirst, and a tongue that is clean in spite of the vomiting. They can look pale, drawn and ill with coarse rattling of the chest.¬† There is often a feeling of nausea and gagging with the cough.
THE KALI BICHROMICUM COLD/INFLUENZA
Step 1. Visible signs : This remedy is usually indicated for later stages of a cold with a thick, stringy mucus that is difficult to clear from the nose and throat.¬† The discharge is irritating, hot and burning, and the upper lip swollen and reddish due to the running nose and is usually white, or slightly yellow in colour, rather stringy, and always accompanied by a feeling of extreme obstruction at the root of the nose. The patient often feels better from resting and keeping warm. The typical Kali Bic. influenza patient is rather pale, with red blotches about the face and definitely feels chilly. The throat tends to be painful, very red and swollen, with hoarseness.¬† The accumulation mucus on the larynx is liable to cause an intensely irritating, tickling sensation which brings on a very spasmodic cough, almost like whooping cough which is coughed up with great difficulty.
Step 2. The temperament: The mental state of typical Kali Bic. influenza patient is one of mild discouragement. They have difficulty in thinking and any attempt at mental effort is almost impossible. They feel very weak, tired and rather discouraged and hopeless. They like to the left in peace.
Step 3. Extra Symptoms: The patients have a good deal or generalised, wandering rheumatic pains - the wandering character is important - first in the shoulder, then in the elbow, the back or the knee, and so on. These pains grow worse if the patients are cold; in bed, with plenty of hot - water bottles, they are fairly comfortable. They often feel worse about 2 or 3 in the morning. Their real discomfort, however, is between SIX am and EIGHT am.¬† They may have acute gastritis, with troublesome nausea and vomiting which is very difficult to bring up, and the effort of vomiting is apt to produce a most intense headache. Their chilliness is rather "different": it is particularly situated in the back of the neck. Patients hate to have their necks uncovered; they are much more comfortable with a hot - water bottle tucked into the nape of their neck. The chilliness sometimes spreads down the back, and they then complain of feeling chilly in the small of their back.